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I need help with the following:

What Really Cheeses You Off?

In about about 1000 to 1200 words in length and in three parts accomplish the following:

First, what is something at work that really cheeses you off--something you would really like to change? Once you've identified it, write a persuasive memo that makes your case and uses guidelines from Cialdini and/or Conger. It can be about any topic that might come up at work that calls for you to persuade someone or some people. Examples include:

? why you don't like last minute tasks,
? why you should get a raise,
? why the new performance appraisal system should be junked,
? why your colleagues should do more active listening,
? why the company should ditch its 1970's logo,
? why should you get promoted,
? etc

In the next part of the paper, explain which guidelines you used in the memo.

Finally, explain why your memo was ethical, using ideas from Cialdini and Mazur.

Robert Cialdini. Wikipedia. Accessed August 12, 2009, at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Cialdini.

Thanks in advance once again for all your help.

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Whoever it May Concern

Concerned Citizen

Subject: The State of Public Schools in Inner Cities

Date: November 08, 2009

I would like to bring to everyone's notice, if it has not already tugged their hearts and minds, the state of public schools across inner cities throughout the country. According to the US Department of Education almost half of all high-school students in public schools at 50 largest American cities drop out before graduation. In 17 of these cities the graduation rate is below 50%, only 52% graduate in four years, and the average rate of graduation across the 50 cities is 58%. Irrespective of the efforts of programs like "No Child Left Behind" the state of education in our high schools, particularly in major cities, is alarming to say the least. It is all the more serious given that our economy is moving towards an information and services based economy, and with such a huge proportion of students leaving high-school they are not in a position to take advantage of the evolving economic situation.

Our public school system is in a serious need of revival. According to a report by OECD, a group of rich countries, United States falls in the bottom group in terms of students' performance in Mathematics and analytical ability, and is on top of the scale in terms of cumulative spending on an average student between the ages of 6 and 15. This suggests that money is definitely not the issue, and something else is fundamentally wrong ...

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Congratulations! You've recently been hired as a Public Relations Assistant! After having worked at your new job for several weeks, you've discovered a lack of corporate giving, community involvement and environmental awareness. Seeing a wonderful opportunity to promote the company - and maybe even yourself - you think the company needs to be more aware of what you consider to be core corporate values. After some thought and research, you've selected one great idea. Now you have to convince your supervisor. You are going to present your idea in a persuasive memo.

This project can be internal or external. Sponsoring a children's sports team would be external, and the uniforms with the company name would serve as evidence of company's involvement in the community. Developing a program to improve recycling or energy efficiency in the workplace would be internal, but corporate communications might communicate to those inside and outside the company what is being done to be a good citizen.

1. Complete the research using phone calls and/or email to several businesses.
2. Identify what types of things companies do that might fall under the general area of good business citizenship.
3. Develop an introduction describing your needs regarding this memo. Develop several questions to complete the content. Develop a closing statement for the person that provides information. Be prepared for rejection!
4. Write the memo as to the supervisor. That actual research was performed needs to be made clear with specifics and details. Multiple paragraphs will be needed.
5. Determine an effective subject line.

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